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Table 6 Volumes of medical consumption (except CGT for CFS treatment) over a period of 6 months measured at patients level at intake and follow up (N = 125).

From: Implementing cognitive behavior therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome in mental health care: a costs and outcomes analysis

  Intake Follow up
  N Mean (SD) Median N Mean (SD) Median
Medical care       
GP (number of visits) 111 3.1 (3.7) 2 93 2.0 (1.9) 2
Medical specialist (n.o. visits) 55 1.2 (1.8) 0 38 0.9 (1.5) 0
Physiotherapist (n.o. visits) 29 3.8 (9.0) 0 23 2.7 (7.4) 0
Psychologist, other than CBT for CFS 22 1.0 (3.1) 0 13 0.4 (1.4) 0
Psychiatrist (number of visits) 9 0.2 (1.2) 0 7 0.2 (1.2) 0
Home care (hours per 6 months) 21 26.9 (104.3) 0 23 22.7 (88.4) 0
Hospitalisation (nights) 13 0.4 (2.0) 0 9 0.2 (1.5) 0
Prescribed medication (yes/no) 92 77%   87 72%  
Non-medical care       
Informal home care (hrs per 6 months) 37 132.3 (268.3) 0 33 110.6 (182.8) 0
Altern. med. practitioner (n.o. visits) 30 1.0 (2.3) 0 21 0.8 (2.0) 0
Non prescribed medication (yes/no) 56 53%   27 35%  
  1. N = the number of patients that had been using this form of healthcare